By: Melanie | October 9, 2013 | (50) Comments

Review: The House of Hades by Rick RiordanThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus, #4
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Genres: Action, Mythology, YA
Pages: 584
Source: Bought it
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The House of Hades is the fourth book in the bestselling Heroes of Olympus series, set in the action-packed world of Percy Jackson.

The stakes have never been higher. If Percy Jackson and Annabeth fail in their quest, there'll be hell on Earth. Literally.

Wandering the deadly realm of Tartarus, every step leads them further into danger. And, if by some miracle they do make it to the Doors of Death, there's a legion of bloodthirsty monsters waiting for them.

Meanwhile, Hazel and the crew of the Argo II have a choice: to stop a war or save their friends. Whichever road they take one thing is certain - in the Underworld, evil is inescapable.

My Review

So the air was acid. The water was misery. The ground was broken glass. Everything here was designed to hurt and kill.

I have never been a fan of including gifs. in my reviews however The House of Hades, calls for some exception. Not only have I been dying for a year to read this, but also because right now, I’m a mess of emotions and words. I mean, I was already crying when my mum snagged a copy for me while I was at school the second the bookstore opened. And then I abandoned all my review books so I could read The House of Hades ASAP because… IT’S THE HOUSE OF HADES, DUH. Proceed onwards!

Picking up from where the torturous The Mark of Athena left off, we have Hazel, Frank, Leo, Jason, Piper, Nico and Coach Hedge on the Argo II, on the way to meet Percy and Annabeth on the other side of The Doors of Death. However the task is not that simple, a war is brewing between the Greeks and Romans, Gaia is becoming stronger… and the Athena Parthenos needs to be in its rightful place. The House of Hades, second last book before the finale (which has been named The Blood of Olympus) has a little something for all types of readers. Action, mythology, humour, romance, sacrifices, war and monsters are all present. And, trust me people; you will not be disappointed–no matter how high your hopes were, no matter how excited you were, no matter how much of your body you would sell for this. No. Disappointments. YAYA!
The House of Hades, has whopping 7 main characters and 2 sub-main characters. Crazy? Yes. It has always been my greatest concern that The House of Hades would make my brain hurt from attempting to distinguish apart such an ample number of personalities. Yet, I seriously love love loved the characters in this book. Percy, our hero since the beginning has never been more selfless and humorous. He may be kickass but he still has one big big heart–and a very funny personality. However I couldn’t help but think that Bob the Titan, (yes, Bob is back!) was one of the more laughable characters here. Percy had a little less due to his situation, a.k.a in the deepest part of hell. Annabeth, wholly badass, full of hope and smart. Always with a plan. While Percy and Annabeth are in Tartarus, they face some of the biggest challenges and curses of their lives–their abilities are stretch to their maximum and above. And their romance was like THE SWEETEST EVER. I’ll admit, their isn’t as much as I was wishing for but Rick Riordan makes it the most realistic and every time they’d hold hands I was like
Together, they make an ass-kicking team.

Hazel was actually one of the more important ones in The House of Hades. I grew rather attached to her, she’s so determined to save everyone, so full of heart, so determined. I really wanted to tackle hug her. Leo, our cool guy with plenty of cute arrogance. Frank, lots of character development in this one, our shy and unsure one. Coach Hedge, we go a little more into his history and still and get plenty of his love for killing and butchering. And Nico! OMG. My fictional crush <3 I did get heartbroken though. Heart. So. Broken. Into. Shreds. Piper and Jason… they were just meh. As usual. Not that they ruined my enjoyment of the book but I am just no fan.

I do think, while Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus are full of fun and action, it’s also been teaching me a lot of Greek Mythology and Roman Mythology along the way, in fact, I’ve become really interested in Greek Myths, and am planning to learn more about religion and mythology for my free electives at school which is exciting. I am so, so grateful to have read this series. Some books, you read and love but they may not teach you as much as this one. Rick’s books come with the extra of some knowledge. If an author can teach a bit of Greek Myths while writing an attaching story, I do believe that all MG and YA readers so give this series a go.

All in all, The House of Hades was no disappointment apart from the fact that I have to wait ANOTHER year for the sequel. *cries*

5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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50 Responses to Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

  1. Amelia says:

    Holy crap! I am dying here Melanie. I need this book for my life to be complete. Fabulous review 🙂

  2. Johanna Richards says:

    Eek! Lovely review Mel! I have this right now am about to start. Jason and Piper were never my favs but Nico broke your heart? Oh gods I have so many thoughts of why but I cannot be certain. You are a tormentor, hun. A mean mean tormenting person.

  3. Tanja says:

    WOW that was fast. Just yesterday you posted a teaser! I gather that you’re a great fan of this series and it sounds so good that I must start reading this series 🙂 Great review Mel and I know how it is to wait a year or more for a sequel. Not fan!
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    • Melanie says:

      LOL yep! I read it in one sitting because I was so desparate to have all the goodness in my head. And now that I do… i’ll just sit here pondering what to do with my life now

  4. OMG why have I not read The Heroes of Olympus series yet? It just makes sense – I have the first on my shelf and I loved Percy Jackson! I guess this way I can read them back to back. Great review Mel!
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  5. Shelly says:

    OMFG I SAW THE TITLE OF THIS POST AND I LITERALLY SAID OH MY GOD OUT LOUD! I AM SO EXCITED ADHEWFWEFHEUHETRHEGTHREUTH!! I’m so glad to her that the point of views and amount of characters weren’t overbearing because I was a little worried about it. NICO!!!! and the Percabeth scenes sound so cute jrqwrqwtewuthewruhjthetgoerhugheruogyheuro!!!!!!!!!!
    *I am trying to calm done but it is not working
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  6. Fantabulous review! I should start this series ASAP. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂
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  7. Celine says:

    Fabulous review! It’s good to see you fangirling over it, haha. Also, yes, the wait for the next book in a series is awlays hard, because asdfjkl; ONE EFFING YEAR. That’s wayyy too long!
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  8. Candace says:

    I love when that happens. When a much anticipated sequel releases and you nearly die of excitement. I have only read the first two Percy books, but I need to get busy on continuing the series, pronto!
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  9. Giselle says:

    Lolz love the use of all the gifs in this one! Unicorns FTW! And Rick Riordan! I so have to get into this series. I loved his Percy Jackson series but I never gave this one a try. Though I do own the first 3 books haha so it’s about time I get started, eh?
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  10. Sara says:

    Oh wow your…… um how do I say it?????……. Okay moving on…… don’t you worry your pretty little face or mind (I haven’t seen what you look like but I’m sure your pretty on the outside like you are in the inside.) I’ll be joining the phenomenon soon enough. Cause I’m sure your gonna yell at me if I don’t. 😉 >3

  11. Hannah says:

    Ooh awesome review, Mel! I am not the greatest fan of Percy Jackson to be honest but I really enjoyed The Heroes of Olympus but I still haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of The House of Hades but GAH your review is killing me! You have me worried about Nico and wanting to fangirl about Percabeth with you, lol.

  12. Benji says:

    Wow, so you are really enthusiastic about this series… is that maybe screaming in my ear saying ‘read me’! I think it does.
    I’ll probably pick up the first one some day, this series really does seem like a bit for everyone.

  13. Shai W says:

    OMG I am so jealous! I want to read this series so badly it hurts so much. Ugh. Lucky, my mom said she won’t let me buy it so I have to borrow it from the library however I’m like no. 55 in the line which sucks so much. I love your gifs, you should do them more often

  14. DUDE. Whoa, I was so afraid that HoH would fall short of expectations, because after MoA, I — and I think everyone else — had sky-high expectations for this one, and DUDE. Is it possible for me to be more excited than I already am?! I think so! Gah gah gah I have to wait until my friend gets this, because I don’t have this series yet, and I’m OCD about this kind of thing.

    he House of Hades, second last book before the finale […] has a little something for all types of readers. Action, mythology, humour, romance, sacrifices, war and monsters are all present.” — OMG, YES. These are all the things I love in Rick Riordan’s books: they can be action-packed, but funny and entertaining and ALL THESE FEELS at the same time. Just — *sigh*

    Riordan also has this uncanny ability to write from everyone’s POVs, and yet that doesn’t make it any harder for us to connect with the characters. Though bleh about Piper and Jason. I agree: they’re boring all the time, haha. Percabeth all the way! And yay for Percy being more humorous this time round; ever since this new series started, I realized that he’s gotten more “mature” and less funny than in the PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS series. And I’ve heard so much about Nico! I can’t say he’s my favorite character, but I’m looking forward to this heartbreaking moment. 😀

    Sorry for all the CAPs, heh. I’m just so excited, if you can’t tell. But waaaah, I want this book so bad, and have you seen the average rating for it on GR? It’s 4.75 out of 5.


    OUT OF 5.
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    • Melanie says:

      He has and despite his tough situations, he’s got some humour, but someone else steals the humour spotlight here. SOMETHING HAPPENED AND YEAH, SOMETHING LINKED TO NICO. OR MAYBE NOT… OR MAYBE HE WENT TO AUSTRALIA AND MET ME AND WE HAD A HAPPILY EVER AFTER. LOL.


  15. Nara says:

    Okay, so I totally didn’t read your review because I’m going to be reviewing HoH as well and I don’t want to subconsciously steal your sentences or whatever. But I looked at your gifs and AIEEEEEEEEEEE!
    I think House of Hades was actually the best book I’ve read this year. And I’ve read 325 books so far this year, so KJASKJDHLKWLAD! TWAS AMAZEBALLS!
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  16. Hazel says:

    MELANIE WE HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR *bursts into tears* But thank the gods there wasn’t another cliff-hanger! I didn’t think my poor heart could take it! And ahhhh, PERCABETH PERCABETH PERCABETH. Can you believe they went through Tartarus together? THAT IS THE MOST ROMANTIC THING EVER. And their dedication and willingness to sacrifice themselves for the other… that is just!!! And then there’s Bob and he grew on me so much, I was crying a little bit. And then of course Nico and his angst and his heart break- ahhh it tore me to pieces!!!

    Finally, CALEO!!!!! (Just made that up, not sure what the ship name is yet) That was honestly my second fave thing about this book. <3 <3 <3 Ah Riordan is so fabulous honestly (also sassy becos why wont he give us Blood of Olympus alreadyyyyy)
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  17. Kate Bond says:

    I am unconvinced because I really did not enjoy the Percy Jackson books (I’ve been really into mythology since I was a kid, so reading these books as an adult didn’t really do anything for me), but I’ve heard from a lot of people that this series is better.

    One day, Mel, I will try your Percabeth thing. And maybe then I will join you in the swoons.
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    • Melanie says:

      WHY HAVEN’T YOU TOLD ME THIS. It sucks that you didn’t like them, they MG books but you like quite a few MG books so I dunno. IF YOU SHIP PERCABETH THAT WOULD BE LIKE SO FREAKIN EPIC AND THEN WE SHOULD MAKE A PERCABETH ARMY. Yeah… 😀

  18. Ariella says:

    I basically just looked at your gifs so I won’t be spoiled! Not that I’m worried about spoilers in your review but I’m still really cautious haha. ANYWAYS.. I’m trying to put off reading the book for as long as possible so I don’t have to wait as long for the sequel. Does that make sense? Oh well, it’s working for me so far though!
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  19. I am so incredible excited to continue on with this series! I loved the first two, and I have the Mark of Athena to read. I’m hoping I’ll be able to read The Mark of Athena and The House of Hades back to back. Percy and Annabeth are just so amazing together 😉 Great review, Melanie!
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  20. chelsy says:

    hi mel!i really really love you’re review about percy and annabeth!i love them both!and i just want to share what i think about the series,i dunno think the heroes of olympus would be 7 books all in all..i just thought about it.meh.:))haha..<3

  21. Lyn Kaye says:


    What is with the new cover direction?!
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  22. Shree says:

    I just finished the book myself.Like two minutes ago.
    And trust me ,I share the Nico sentiment.

  23. Rachel says:

    Yay for your enthusiasm, Melanie! Love your review. It’s always so wonderful when a sequel is just as amazing as the first book. 🙂
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  24. AJ says:

    I’m feel your Nico-related pain. *Bursts into tears.* I watched the Titanic after reading that part. And ate ice cream. And cried.

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  26. Stephanie B says:

    So glad you liked this one more than I did, Mel! *wipes tear* But how can you hate Jason and Piper? *wipes other tear* Franks development was totally afjkdlja, there are no words. Seriously, that was probably the biggest surprise of all. And of course, Leo. I think he’s probably the only universally loved character in this series.
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  27. nittu says:

    i just started reading!!!!!

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